The Bobcats are looking to replace Mike Dunlap, who was fired last week after only one season with the team. The Bobcats finished the 2012-13 season with a 21-61 record.
Houston is currently down three games to one in their first-round series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Sampson is a Charlotte resident and was acting head coach during head coach Kevin McHale’s absence in the midseason to deal with personal issues.
Sampson was a college head coach at Washington, Oklahoma and Indiana, leading the Sooners to the Final Four in 2002. He resigned at Indiana in 2008 amid an NCAA investigation.